Ross developed Motor Neuron Disease.
In 2000 Ross’ life changed forever when he began to display symptoms of a debilitating disease with no known cure: Motor Neuron Disease. Affecting around 1,500 Australians, at least 1 person in Australia dies of MND every day with a similar number of new cases diagnosed each year. MND involves a deterioration of the nerve cells, or neurones, controlling key muscles including those in the trunk and limbs and those controlling speech, swallowing and breathing, while leaving the brain unaffected.
For The Index Group, this meant Ross inevitably had less involvement in the company as time went on although he kept involved right up to 2005.